Fischer, Klobuchar introduce Senate legislation allowing E15 sales year-round
July 15, 2021 By Kellan Heavican Filed Under: Ag economy, Ag Policy, Ag Regulations, Agriculture, Biofuels, Economy, Environment, EPA, Ethanol, Minnesota, Nebraska, News, Renewable Fuels
Two Midwestern US Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow the sale of E15 and higher blends of ethanol year-round.
Companion legislation was introduced in the house by Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith and Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig called the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act.
Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act in response to a D.C. Circuit Court ruling blocking the sale of E15.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a U.S. Environmental Protection Rule from 2019 that made it easier to sell E15 blends of ethanol year-round.
Fischer tells Brownfield it was a “major blow” to the industry. “This is not a slam dunk. There are different views on the ethanol industry,” Fischer says. “I think just the strong showing of bipartinship here with the number of Republican senators and a number of Democratic Senators, we’re off to a good start.”
Fischer says if the bill passes it will have a big impact on the Nebraska’s economy. “Oh, it’s going to be huge. If you just look at Nebraska, we’re second in the national with biofuel production. We have 25 plants in Nebraska. We produce about 2 billion galls every single year and it creates about 1,300 jobs,” she says.
Original cosponsors of the bill include Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-S.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.).
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